Mary Callahan Baumstark

I’m DONE Defining Craft

More than 40 folks from across the world commented on Bruce’s feed to affirm, debate, and generally hand-wring about the definition of craft, offering credentials like MFAs, research in traditional methods, and common sense. And while 40 participants in a common thread may seem paltry, this post reflects a much larger feeling of anxiety around craft’s definition. Consider that “art vs craft” pulls up more than 43 million Google results, or that schools, museums, and workshops removed “craft” from their names in recent years, or that nearly every piece of craft writing in the last 100 years begins with a definition of the field. We are, clearly, concerned about the state of craft.

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